Two men are dead after allegedly embarking on a criminal mission to steal goats in the rural district of Middlesex in St Ann.

One of the deceased men has been identified as Trevor Lee-Hosang, a taxi operator of Retreat, St Mary. The other has not been identified by the police.

A third man, who was allegedly also part of the goat-stealing mission, is now in police custody.

The incident unfolded late Tuesday evening, when residents of Middlesex, a community between Guy’s Hill and Moneague, saw three men travelling in a Toyota probox motorcar with what appeared to be a goat.

It is further reported that a licensed firearm holder, on seeing the car, signalled to the driver to stop, but a shoot-out ensued.

The motorcar then crashed along a section of the roadway. The two male passengers then ran from the vehicle, leaving the driver behind.

The driver, later identified as Lee-Hosang, was found suffering from injuries he sustained in the crash and he subsequently died. A goat was also found inside the vehicle.

Meanwhile, the two other men were cornered in a community near Moneague called Turberry. One was chopped to death and the other man, said to be in his twenties from a St Mary address, was spared and apprehended by the police.

The Guy’s Hill police and the Moneague police have launched a probe into the bizarre incidents.

Over the years, Middlesex and rural communities of St Ann have been plagued by praedial thieves. Despite making numerous reports to the police, farmers continue to suffer from the hands of criminals, who have stolen their livestocks and crops.This has resulted in residents taking action by executing jungle justice on hoodlums.

In April of 2016, an unidentified man accused of stealing cows was killed by angry residents on Mines Road in Clapham, Moneague. His accomplice was spared and handed over to the police. That incident came within a week after two men – 37-year-old Dave Campbell, a taxi operator, and 22-year-old Alphonso Perry, both from Lime Hall, St Ann – were killed by angry residents of Bensonton, Claremont, also in St Ann, after allegedly being caught with stolen goats inside their vehicle

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